In 1892 Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began producing pocket watches. Their focus has always been to make accurate affordable timepieces. In 1914, they became an official supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI, they shifted production from pocket watches to the more convenient wristwatch. In 1926 Admiral Richard E. Byrd became the first aviator to reach the North Pole, circling it for 13 minutes before returning to base. He timed this pioneering 15 hours and 57-minute flight with a Hamilton watch.
As soon as America joined the Allied forces in World War 2 they stopped producing watches for consumers to focus on the enormous task of supplying the U.S. Armed Forces. They produced over one million timepieces including wristwatches and marine chronometers, even earning an Army-Navy E award for excellence in manufacturing. On May 16, 1974, Hamilton was sold to SSIH, which is the previous name of what is now the Swatch Group. They remained in the US until 2003 when they transferred their operation to Biel, Switzerland. From this date forward they were able to put on their dials Swiss made.
Introduced at the 2018 Basel World this Hamilton Intra-Matic has a 40mm stainless steel polished round case. Tapering lugs and a lug to lug length of 49.5mm and a thickness of 15mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. On the right side piston style pushers for the chronograph and a large signed crown. Recessed on the left side at 10 o’clock is a date adjustment. A polished bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal. A white dial has an outer Tachymeter scale with a minute track. Applied flat baton indexes have a lume tip marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a 30-minute register, at 9 o’clock a 60 seconds register. In the bi-compax (two sub-dials) or “Panda” setting with black registers adds a nice contrast to the dial. At 6 o’clock a date window nicely balances the dial. Text is perfectly printed on the dial. Its vintage appeal is expertly executed, balancing the modern with the past. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with an attractive spiral “H” pattern etched into it. Inside an Automatic Hamilton Cal. H-31, 27 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Based on the Valjoux 7753, with modifications made to the escapement, mainspring and a mono-block rotor distinctively skeletonized with an “H” shape. Fitted on a black calfskin strap with a signed buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Hamilton box and Hamilton paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Hamilton leather strap and Hamilton signed buckle. The watch is from December 2018 and is in worn condition, however as you can see from the photos the watch is in great overall condition. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Hamilton has been absolutely smashing their recent releases, this Chronograph is a true testament to that! The design is beautifully executed and based on one of my most favourite Chronographs of all time! The size is boosted up to modern proportions, whilst not for everyone it certainly works for those with slightly larger wrists and those comfortable with larger watches!